Two teen drivers were involved in a crash that injured five people in rural Rock County Sunday night, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said a pickup truck driven by Arick A. Vance, 17, of Janesville, was traveling east on U.S. Highway 14 in the town of Center when at about 9:30 p.m. he crossed the center line and crashed into a westbound car less than a mile west of North Fox Road.
The pickup was smoking in the middle of the road and Vance was trapped inside when deputies arrived. A fire extinguisher was used to put out the fire and Vance was extricated and taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The 16-year-old Evansville girl driving the car that landed in the north ditch was driving on an instructional permit with her mother, Shanda L. Miller, 42, and her sisters, ages 11 and 12, in the car, according to deputies. All four were taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center. The driver was listed in critical but stable condition with internal injuries. Miller and the two girls were expected to be treated and released with minor injuries.
Vance was cited for operating left of center, according to deputies.
Fire end EMS crews from Footville, Evansville and Janesville assisted at the scene.
Highway 14 between North Fox and North Eagle roads was closed for nearly three hours.